Kentucky Derby Odds 2013: Long Shots That'll Turn Bettors Huge Profits

Tyler Brooke@TylerDBrookeSenior Analyst IIMay 4, 2013

LOUISVILLE, KY - MAY 02:  Orb walks on the track during the morning training for the 2013 Kentucky Derby at Churchill Downs on May 2, 2013 in Louisville, Kentucky.  (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)
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The Kentucky Derby has some heavy favorites this year, but there are a few horses with worse odds that have serious chances of bringing in some money for bettors.

The projected forecast for rain will likely make the track muddy and make a big impact on the race.  According to, there is a 90 percent chance of rain on Saturday in Louisville.

With the rain, here are some horses that are long shots to win but have a serious chance to finish near the top on Saturday.

Note: Odds provided by


Oxbow: 30-1 odds

The young colt may have only had one win so far in 2013, but Oxbow has a shot at bringing home some serious cash for bettors at 30-1 odds.

Gary Stevens wasn’t able to get Oxbow on the board in his first race with the horse, but with one race under his belt with Oxbow, he may have a much better feel for the horse. 

An inside position on the track coming out of Gate 2 will likely help as well.  With that extra space inside, Oxbow will have a little bit more room to maneuver.

This might be the best bet if you’re looking for an underdog to bet on.  There’s a lot to like about Oxbow and an inside spot will help him out even more.


Lines of Battle: 30-1 odds

European shippers don’t typically have much success at the Derby, but Lines of Battle will be looking to change that.

Lines of Battle has one of the most successful trainers overseas in Aiden O’Brien.  However, O’Brien hasn’t ever won at the Kentucky Derby. 

What makes Lines of Battle stand out is that he’s never raced on dirt despite being bred to be successful on dirt tracks.

While he is unproven on dirt, his three wins in his first six races makes Lines of Battle an excellent choice for bettors looking to make some cash.


Frac Daddy: 50-1 odds

Even with some of the worst odds in the race, it’s hard not to like Frac Daddy.

Back in April, Frac Daddy finished second to Overanalyze in the Arkansas Derby.  While his other two races in 2013 weren’t too pretty, a promising finish in April makes gives him plenty of momentum.

The 50-1 odds make Frac Daddy a definite long shot, but with the momentum he already has, he has a real shot at making getting on the board at Churchill Downs.